When I was young, I lived for the snow. Beautiful white snow brought sledding, ice skating, snow angels, and days off from school. Now, every fall I look forward to the first snow of the year. I always hope it will come for Christmas. After Christmas, I want it to go away and get warm again. Living in the Midwest makes that rather difficult.
As we enter into the month of December, I once again hope for a white Christmas. Then I think, I will take a vacation to warmer climates.
All right, hands up all of you who are sad we didn’t get that snow the Almanac said we would at the start of this week. Anyone? Anyone? Didn’t think so... Well, the snow might not have showed up, but the cold certainly seemed to have arrived and brought sunshine with it on some days, cold rain on others. Sunny cold days… the days you look out the window, think it’s going to be beautiful, and then you look at the temperature. Unless, we’re talking about those near 70 degree days we had last week.
Just think of all the heavy clothing you will have to wear that bogs you down just to keep warm. And how many times you have to go to a gas station and pump gas into your car while your hands and face are freezing. Make sure the trunk of your car is loaded down with heavy objects so you don't slide into the person who is speeding past you on a slick street.
All in all, winter won't last forever. As fast as the months fly by, spring will return.
As much as we hope it will hold off, we all know the cold, white stuff is coming our way! You know you’ll probably end up getting out to run some errands, so while you’re out, why not stop by the Liberty Branch? We can help you survive those snowy days!
It was cold this morning, and the skies were gray. The winter solstice of December 21, when we have the least sunlight of the year, is not quite here. But, we can cope pretty well these days with artificial light and central heat. Can you imagine what it was like for early pioneers in the central plains? Think of living with only a fireplace, sod houses, carriages for transportation, and no electric lights.
Winter has officially started. I woke up Monday morning to a beautiful, or not, blanket of white snow covering everything. For people like me that thoroughly enjoy a good dumping of snow, this means I am all ready to pull on my winter clothes, go out to make snowmen, snow angels, and find a good sledding hill. However, I know that a lot of people, if not most, do not see that blanket of white as a good thing. In fact, I know a lot of people who will stay home and enjoy this weather from the comfort of their favorite chair with a hot drink in their hands.
There's something magical about a big snowfall; even though we know it also bears its inconveniences and dangers. The trees and bushes seem to have a white frosting, and the morning sun sparkles off the ice crystals. KCI airport had about six inches of snow by Monday night, and with cold temperatures, it will still be here tomorrow.
I hate Winter. Well, I do like Christmas, but that is the only good thing I can say about winter.
As I write this, there are several inches of snow on the ground, and it is bitter cold. I am a cold person by nature - body temperature, not personality. Even in the summer, I often wear long sleeves or a sweater when in air conditioned buildings. In the winter, I very rarely feel warm. Usually at home, I am dressed in layers, wearing socks, furry slippers, and huddled under an afghan or fleece blanket.
I’m having so much fun watching the antics of the squirrels and birds on the deck. The squirrels hang upside down from the bird feeders and swing back and forth, stuffing their mouths with bird seed. A pair of cardinals aren’t very happy with them. Sometimes, two of the squirrels will squabble over the food, and one will lose his grip and hit the ground. The snow provides a soft landing and he tries again. Also, the puffy snow adds to the picture.
I am not a winter person. If I could stay inside and hibernate until May, I would be happy. But since I have a job (that I love) and since I do drink milk and make sandwiches once in a while, it’s best that I suck it up and travel.
One of my biggest fears is getting stuck in a snow storm, ice storm, or anywhere unpleasant . So, I have decided to be proactive and keep items in my car that will help keep me safe.
List of Emergency Items to keep in vehicle during cold bad weather.